Thursday, January 30, 1997

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

The Daily Gazette

Swarthmore College
Thursday, January 30, 1997
Volume 1, Number 6

NEWS IN BRIEF

1) Mass e-mail messages bother students

2) Rattech director resigns

3) Weekend party plans

SPORTS IN BRIEF

1) Yesterday’s results

2) Men’s basketball team comes from behind

3) Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

NEWS REPORT

1) Mass e-mail messages bother students

Three e-mail messages apparently sent to every student on campus annoyed
many Swatties Wednesday, so much so that an anonymous individual sent a
fourth all-campus message complaining about the situation.

Before they could read the actual messages, recipients of the e-mails had
to page through a list of 1364 e-mail addresses to which the messages
were sent. The three messages invited students to join HEP, a tutoring
program in Chester; attend meetings of the Swarthmore Queer Union; and
join a student blues band.

The sender of the fourth message, who could not be identified, suggested
that students who insist on sending campus-wide messages should keep them
to a reasonable length by using an e-mail feature that hides the list of
recipients.

All four messages apparently used a list of addresses generated last week
by Willets residents seeking to win a scavenger hunt by sending e-mail
messages to the entire campus.

Wayne Miller ’00, who sent the message about the band, said about 20
students e-mailed him to complain. Five or six people expressed interest
in joining his band, he added.

“I would like to apologize to everybody I sent the e-mail to,” Miller
said. “I was not aware it would upset so many people. I also didn’t know
that such all-campus e-mails were a violation of school policy. If I had
known that, I wouldn’t have sent the e-mail.”

Octavio Gonzalez ’97, who sent the SQU message, said his intention was to
reach people who aren’t already SQU members. “I didn’t want to just
preach to the converted,” he said. Only five people complained to him
about his message, he said.

Victoria Petitt ’99, who apparently sent the HEP message, did not
immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

*****

2) Rattech director resigns

The director of Rattech, the student organization that provides sound
systems for campus parties, has resigned.

Emily Salzfass ’98, who had served as Rattech director since the
beginning of fall semester, could not be contacted directly. However, she
instructed a neighbor to confirm that she had resigned and to refer
questions to Ned Small ’98, who she said was taking over as head of
Rattech.

Small could not immediately be reached for comment.

Rattech has temporarily shut down due to Salzfass’s resignation,
according to Tanisha Little ’97, co-director of the Social Affairs
Committee. The shutdown means campus social events are costing more than
they usually do because amplifiers, compact disk players, speakers and
other equipment must be rented from outside companies that charge high
prices, Little said.

*****

3) Weekend party plans

The Social Affairs Committee is funding three parties this weekend, said
Tanisha Little ’97, SAC co-director. The events include:

*a party organized by the Russian Club, Friday night in Paces; *a party
honoring campus women who stand less than five feet, three inches tall,
Saturday night in Paces; and
*a circus-themed birthday party for Jill Eaton ’99 and Anne Holland ’99,
Saturday night in the Phi Psi house.

The circus party will feature snow cones, cotton candy and face painting,
Little said.

All SAC-funded events are free and open to the entire student body.

*****

SPORTS REPORT

1) Yesterday’s results

WOMEN’S SWIMMING
Swarthmore 133, Bryn Mawr 57
The team betters its record to 8-3 overall, and 4-0 in the Centennial
Conference.

WOMEN’S BADMINTON
Despite starting the season well with a victory Tuesday against Academy
of New Church, Swarthmore lost to Bryn Mawr Wednesday. Wendy Kemp ’99
turned in the only win of the evening for the Garnet, winning her
third-spot singles match in straight sets 11-5, 11-5.

*****

2) Men’s basketball team comes from behind

Swarthmore was down 13 points with 14 minutes to play, but came on strong
in the last 11 minutes to out-score Philadelphia Pharmacy 20-2 and pull
out a convincing 64-56 win. Colin Convey ’97 and Ben Schall ’97 both
knocked in 15 points, while Aaron Bond ’97 contributed 12 points to the
Garnet’s winning effort. Swarthmore improves to 9-8 overall.

*****

3) Tonight’s and tomorrow’s contests

TONIGHT
Women’s basketball takes on Widener in Tarble Pavilion at 7 p.m.

FRIDAY (31 Jan.)
Wrestling travels to Haverford for an 8 p.m. match-up.

*****

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This concludes today’s report.